Women’s History Month teaching resources

We have hand-picked some of the best teaching resources on TES to take you back through time and help your class to consider the female experience and perspective when it comes to studying history. Celebrate some of the women who’ve shaped our world, the experiences they’ve had and the many contributions that they have made to society.

Women in the ancient world

Roman Women

Where did women stand in the Roman world? Show your class using this slideshow explaining their social, economic and political status.

Queen of the Nile

The RSC shares these teaching materials on Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy Anthony and Cleopatra; a queen so strong and powerful, yet one who never sacrificed her femininity to be so.

Athenian and Spartan women

Compare the lives of these ancient women using the variety of sources available.

Women from the dark ages to the Victorian times

The first English Queen

Grand-daughter of William the Conqueror, Matilda made a bid to become the first female monarch of England and Normandy. Explore the ‘place’ of Medieval women and the battle Matilda faced with this resource from Women’s History Month.

Florence Nightingale’s maze

Help the heroic nurse, Florence Nightingale find her way with a maze activity.

Life of Pocahontas

Learn the incredible story of this Native American princess who stopped a war and crossed the sea to visit Britain.

Sights of Seacole

Explore the facts and the rumours surrounding Mary Seacole’s life through studying her portrait with the National Portrait Gallery.

Jeanne d’Arc

Students can jump from the present to past with this French grammar activity, learning about the legendary French martyr while practising the past historic and present tense.

Women and science

The chemistry of cancer care

Marie Curie sacrificed her life, dying of leukaemia due to exposure to high levels of radiation, to put scientific research to good use.

Whatever happened to Amelia?

Get students questioning historical sources and concluding what might have happened to Amelia Earhart, the first woman to receive the US Distinguished Flying Cross, who disappeared over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

Inspire female scientists

In the past, the science lab was not a place for females. However, despite opposition, many persevered - with Curie, Anderson, Fossey and Chawla, help promote women in Stem subjects.

Suffrage and rights for women

Voting tactics

Turn your classroom into a Suffragette meeting and get students to decide the best way to get the vote for women with this lesson from the The People Speak (History Channel).

The struggle for votes for women

The Suffragettes’ campaign is documented in detail using this cross section of original material and resources.

You Vote, You Pay

Formatted like Richard and Judy’s “You Say, We Pay” game, this activity revises the people, places and events of the Suffragette movement.

Contemporary women

Rosa Parks and the Bus Boycott

This pack leads with a quiz book telling the story of Martin Luther King’s life. Supporting resources are centred around the further investigation of the Montgomery Bus Boycott (following Rosa Parks’ arrest) and writing a newspaper article.

Iron maiden or girl power

Was Margaret Thatcher the greatest prime minister of all time? Have students debate with this discursive lesson.

On the cover of a magazine

After the Suffragettes and second wave feminism, how much has really changed? This lesson on Cosmopolitan magazine and dominant ideology explores the representation of modern women.

Aung San Suu Kyi

Imprisoned for fifteen years, Aung San Suu Kyi is now a symbol of democratic struggle the world over; follow her life story in photos and discuss why she is an important figure.

Women of a literary persuasion

Women’s writing in the 20th Century

These two lectures for students give a useful overview of female writers in 20th century literature.

Future feminism

In her novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood envisions a dystopia where women are enslaved; discuss the feminist qualities of the text with this questioning activity.

Behind the scenes of The Magic Toyshop

Amalgamating magical realism with feminism, Angela Carter is one of today’s well respected female authors. Go back stage with the performers and director of her play, The Magic Toyshop.